Game recaps, thoughts and what mattered in the Week 11 games of the SEC college football season?
LSU 24, Arkansas 17
What Happened: LSU had to hang on, but it built up enough of a cushion with a 24-3 lead after three quarters, getting touchdown runs from Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Nick Brossette, and a 40-yard Justin Jefferson scoring catch. But Arkansas roared back with two Ty Storey to Cheyenne O’Grady touchdown passes to pull within seven. But that was it – the Tigers closed it out and got away with the win.
What Mattered: LSU didn’t do much in the second half offensively, but it got a decent day from Joe Burrow, who completed 15-of-21 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. Brossette ran 23 times for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Justin Jefferson caught six passes for 117 yards and a score.
– Storey completed 19-of-38 passes for 200 yards and two scores with a pick, but there was absolutely no ground game. LSU ran it 48 times, Arkansas ran it 19 times for 16 yards.
– LSU was in control for most of the game. It had the ball for close to 36 minutes, but it still had a hard time hanging on late. The team didn’t take its foot off the gas, but …
What It All Means: LSU is still alive for a New Year’s Six game. With Kentucky losing, now the chances are boosted up a bit, needing to get through the light scrimmage with Rice next week before closing out at Texas A&M. Get to 10-2, get to a big bowl.
– Arkansas might keep on losing, but it remains competitive. It fought hard, and now that’s the fourth loss by a touchdown or less. It’s on the road at Mississippi State and Missouri to close out. Getting just one win would be a huge deal going into the offseason.
NEXT: Georgia 27, Auburn 10